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Shelby proposes district to protect wildlife refuge

This map shows the northern portion of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, along with the proposed Protection Overlay District.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 August 2016 at 2:10 pm

SHELBY – The Shelby Town Board is looking to establish a “Wildlife Refuge Protection Overlay District” that would ban mining and other uses the town doesn’t think are compatible near the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

The Town Board will have a public hearing on the local law at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Town Hall on Salt Works Road. Shelby is proposing the district as a 3,000-foot buffer from the refuge border. The district would include 227 parcels or 3,821 acres. Of that land, 3,638 are enrolled in the agricultural district.

The Town Board is looking to establish the the local law after the state Department of Environmental Conservation ruled on July 27 that Frontier Stone won’t need to go to adjudication to resolve any “substantive or significant” environmental issues with a proposed 215-acre quarry on Fletcher Chapel Road.

In his ruling, Administrative Law Judge D. Scott Bassinson said DEC officials can now work towards issuing a permit for the project following completion of the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

Shelby Town Supervisor Skip Draper said the town doesn’t want a quarry so close to the wildlife refuge. Many residents have spoken against the project during DEC hearings. Establishing the Wildlife Refuge Protection Overlay District would establish a new level of regulation to protect natural resources.

The district would ban blasting, mining, junk yards, kennels, airports, motor vehicle repair shops, outdoor commercial recreation areas and telecommunication facilities.

The district also proposed banning agricultural product processing and distribution facilities, but the Orleans County Planning Board last Thursday said those uses should likely be allowed because of the NYS Agriculture and Markets Law. Otherwise, the Planning Board backed the local law.

Frontier Stone is proposing the new quarry and would like to provide lime and some services for the farm community. The proposed quarry would be established in four phases, over 75 years, with 11.6 acres mined in the first 11 years.

Frontier Stone, on its website (click here), says the local law if adopted would “significantly restrict” property rights in Shelby, limit how property can be used, and hinder the ability to sell property for an economic benefit in the future.

Quarry by refuge in Shelby clears DEC hurdle

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 August 2016 at 5:32 pm

Judge says no issues need adjudication, Frontier Stone can seek final state permit

SHELBY – A proposed quarry near the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge has cleared a key hurdle from the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Administrative Law Judge D. Scott Bassinson last week ruled “no issues exist for adjudication” in Frontier Stone’s plan for a 215-acre quarry on Fletcher Chapel Road.
The judge’s decision on July 27 means Frontier won’t have to go to court in a DEC proceeding to resolve “substantive or significant” environmental issues with the project.

Bassinson, in his written decision, said concerns raised by petitioners have been sufficiently addressed by Frontier and DEC staff. The judge said DEC officials can now work towards issuing a permit for the project following completion of the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

“I am pleased the judge recognized that our efforts to develop this project have been diligent and thorough,” said Dave Mahar, president of Frontier Stone. “We look forward to working with local authorities moving forward and appreciate the DEC, town and community for their feedback over the years and for working with us to ensure this operation adheres to the highest operational, safety and environmental standards.”

Mahar has been working on the project for the past 12 years. The proposed quarry would be established in four phases, over 75 years, with 11.6 acres mined in the first 11 years.

Town officials and many nearby residents have opposed the project, fearing a negative impact on the wildlife refuge, the local water table, property values and town roads, as well as other concerns.

But Bassinson ruled the two groups that petitioned for party status, the Shelby Town Board and Citizens for Shelby Preservation, “did not provide any evidence, proposed testimony, or other offer of proof” to support claims that the studies, data and expert analyses developed Frontier Stone’s mining operation were flawed.

Frontier is proposing to mine below the water table with a maximum water withdrawal for quarry dewatering at 554,264 gallons a day. It would be discharged at the southwest corner of the site into an agricultural drainage ditch.

The reclamation objective will be to create two lakes at 35 and 156 acres for recreation or wildlife habitat.

There were concerns about the proposed quarry on the STAMP (Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park) site in nearby Alabama. That 1,250-acre site will accommodate nanotechnology companies including semiconductor 450mm chip fab, flat panel display, solar manufacturing, and advanced manufacturing.

Frontier will install a permanent seismograph monitoring station at the STAMP site and will ensure the quarry’s blast design meets the “quiet site” semiconductor and nanotechnology standards requested by the Genesee County Economic Development Center, which is pushing the STAMP site for high-tech companies.

Frontier Stone also will use Fletcher Chapel Road as the “primary access to the mine site” to “mitigate noise, air quality and safety concerns and maintain aesthetic, recreational and education aspects” of the wildlife refuge.

Frontier, in a news release today, said it will also implement road improvements and full-depth road reclamation on local town roads leading to the quarry site to accommodate increased traffic and enhance the project area’s intersection.

Frontier said it has worked with DEC staff on in-depth evaluations of impacts to local roads, additional truck traffic, blasting levels, dust mitigation, water quality and the migratory patterns and habitat requirements of local species.

Bassinson’s ruling referred to additional revised permit conditions, recommended by DEC staff for increased setbacks.

Frontier said its planned 25-foot setback complied with governing regulations, but DEC and Frontier agreed that, “during the months of May, June and July, there would be no mining activity within Phase 2 mining areas within 350 feet of the southern excavation area limit, which borders the Wildlife Refuge.”

This provision will reduce noise levels to ambient at the property line of the refuge, eliminating noise impacts in the refuge during bird breeding season, Frontier said in a news release today.

Click here for more information from Frontier on the project.

Old-fashioned day provides lots of fun in East Shelby

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 July 2016 at 11:00 am

EAST SHELBY – Horses pull a wagon of people for a ride today during Old Tyme Day at the East Shelby Community Bible Church. About 2,000 people attend the annual event, where pie, hot dogs, lemonade and other activities are offered for a penny.

Kids and some adults fire gum balls with a sling shot at a giant cutout of Goliath.

Sophia Johnston of Batavia takes a break with a mule named Lucy, which gave rides to kids during Olde Tyme Day.

These four kids watch a group do square dancing in the center of the recreated West Jackson Corners hamlet.

Jonathan Wasnoch, 17, of Medina works in the blacksmith shop.

Bob Murphy of Oakfield checks on the team of horses before they took another group on a ride. Murphy attends the East Shelby Community Bible Church and works with the horses on Olde Tyme Day.

David Green and other East Shelby firefighters were busy with traffic control during the day.

Church volunteers built this mini replica of the church for the West Jackson Corners hamlet. It was among the new additions to the day’s festival.

Today’s Olde Tyme Day had a Wild West theme and included a holdup of this stagecoach.

Elaine Renouf, left, and Alice Root were among the church volunteers who baked and served 300 pies – 2,400 slices altogether that sold for a penny apiece.

Assemblywoman Corwin announces she won’t seek re-election

Staff Reports Posted 12 July 2016 at 12:00 am
Jane Corwin

Jane Corwin

Jane Corwin, who represents an Assembly district that includes the Town of Shelby in Orleans County, announced today she won’t be seeking re-election to a fifth two-year term.

Corwin of Clarence is among the Republican leaders in the State Assembly. She ran for Congress in 2011, losing a close election to Kathy Hochul, who is now the state’s lieutenant governor.

Corwin’s district was mostly in Erie and Niagara counties, but did include the one Orleans town. She appeared at some functions in Orleans, mostly Republican political events.

“I pride myself in leading by example,” Corwin said in a statement this evening, “and I firmly believe that instituting term limits on state officials will go a long way in ending the corruption and dysfunction in Albany.”

George Maziard, Nic Culver and Jane Corwin

File photo – Assemblywoman Jane Corwin joined former State Sen. George Maziarz and Nic Culver, then 14, during the dedication of a historical marker in September 2014. The marker highlights a famous murder case in West Shelby, when an illiterate German immigrant nearly was executed for a murder he didn’t commit. Corwin helped pay for the marker.

Corwin said she was going to “term myself out” from the State Legislature and give someone else have “the opportunity to represent our community and bring Western New York values to the ‘people’s house.'”

Recently she has pushed for a stronger state response to the opioid overdose crisis and also the “zombie house” problem, where banks own houses but let them sit vacant for many years.

The Republican Party will have to move quickly to find a candidate for the position. The Buffalo News is reporting Corwin’s announcement is just two days before the Thursday deadline for submitting nominating petitions for the Sept. 13 state primary elections.

Fire damages house in Shelby on Maple Ridge Road

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 June 2016 at 4:22 pm

SHELBY – A fire this afternoon in a garage damaged a house owned by Kasmier “Mike” Szulis. This photo shows Shelby firefighters Jason Watts, top left, and Andy Watts.

The 1979 house, built by Mr. Szulis, may have suffered smoke damage inside, in addition to the more extensive damage in the garage, family members said.

Medina firefighter Steve Cooley uses a chain saw to cut through the garage door. Jonathan Higgins of the Medina Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

Mr. Szulis was out watering berries when he noticed smoke in the garage of the house at 12335 Maple Ridge Rd. Family members say they are grateful no one was injured in the fire and that the fire was mostly contained to the garage.

The fire is under investigation.

4 came through in big way at Father-Daughter Dance for Medina girl

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 June 2016 at 12:00 am

Provided photo – Ten-year-old Marah had four dates for the Father-Daughter Dance on June 4 in Shelby, including from left: Phil Seitzer, her uncle Scott Coleman, grandfather Steve Burgess, and great-grandfather Glenn Burgess.

MEDINA – When the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company held its first-ever Father-Daughter Dance on June 4, a 10-year-old girl from Medina had the most dates – four.

Amy Ritzenthaler of Medina is grateful for the four men who took her daughter, Marah, to the event. Marah’s father was unavailable. She was sad for days leading up to the event when her friends talked about the special dance and the fancy dresses they would be wearing.

Ritzenthaler mentioned the situation to Marah’s great-grandfather and other family members. Several of the men in the family eagerly offered to take her.

Marah walked through the doors of the Shelby Rec Hall with her great-grandfather Glenn Burgess, grandfather Steve Burgess, uncle Scott Coleman and Phil Seitzer, Ritzenthaler’s best friend’s boyfriend.

“I can’t thank those guys enough for coming together,” Ritzenthaler said. “She will remember it for the rest of her life.”

Glenn Burgess, the great-grandfather, was the first to agree to go to the dance. Burgess, 83, was happy to slow-dance with Marah.

“He is one of Marah’s favorite people in the world and he knows that,” Ritzenthaler said. “They enjoy each other.”

The four men either took off from work or switched their plans to go to the dance. They surprised Marah on June 4, who was dressed up for the day thinking she was going to an up-do contest at a cook-out. But then the four men showed up to take her to the dance.

“They all had a great time,” Ritzenthaler said. “It turned out to be a great day.”

Father-Daughter Dance is a sell-out at Shelby

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 June 2016 at 10:00 am

150 attend debut event on Saturday

SHELBY – Raymond James of Medina dances with his daughter Tanaya, 2, during the Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday at the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company.

The Ladies Auxiliary put on the event for the first time on Friday. The event was sold out with 150 people attending.

“It’s nice for the dads to be able to do something nice with their daughters,” said Julianne McGrath, one of the event organizers. “It’s by far exceeded our expectations.”

The rec hall was transformed into a dance floor for fathers and their daughters on Saturday.

Tim Elliott of Medina dances with his daughter Madelyn, 7. Tim said he was thankful for a chance to take his daughter out on a date.

Gary Watts poses for a silly photo with his granddaughters, Charlotte and Makenzie McGrath.

Tim Zeiner of Medina poses for a picture with his kids, from left: Taylor, Madison and Morgan (in back). “I want to take them out and show them a good time,” Zeiner said.

Fathers and daughters have fun on the dance floor. Event organizers said they wanted to put on a family-oriented outing near Father’s Day.

County honors firefighters, departments with most training hours

Staff Reports Posted 19 May 2016 at 12:00 am

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ALBION – The Shelby Volunteer Fire Company was honored on Monday for attaining the most training hours for both fire and EMS training.

The top photo shows, from left: Dale Banker, emergency management coordinator for Orleans County; Jerry Lewis, state fire instructor; and Shelby Fire Chief Andy Benz.

Shelby Volunteer Fire Company was recognized during the Fire Chief’s Association Meeting. Shelby firefighters completed 1,782.5 hours for fire service and 1,110 hours for Emergency Medical Services training between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. Shelby led all departments in the county in both categories.

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File photo by Tom Rivers

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Dale Banker and Jerry Lewis recognize John Miller III and Lori Miller, both of Shelby, for each each completing more than 200 hours of training. Their names are now on a plaque that hangs in the classroom at the Emergency Management Office on West Countyhouse Road. John Miller III also received the award for highest individual EMS training time with 240 hours.

Ben Diltz of the Carlton Fire Department puts on the turnout gear, a multi-step task that needed to be done properly in less than 2 minutes as part of a basic firefighting course. He is pictured on May 16, 2015. Diltz had the most fire training hours for an individual with 189 hours.

County Legislators John DeFillipps, second from left, and Bill Eick, right, hold the Fire and EMS Plaques that will hang in the Legislative Chambers at the County Clerks’ Building.  These plaques recognize the top agency for fire and EMS training each year.

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Trac-Fab wheelchair will allow more injured vets to go hunting at Warrior House

Posted 17 May 2016 at 12:00 am

Photo by Thom Jennings – Pictured with the Trac-Fab wheelchair, includes, from left: Joe Pionessa, Peter Zeliff Jr., Ed Spence and Jim Tignanelli.

By Thom Jennings, Correspondent

SHELBY – The Warrior House of WNY has access to a new vehicle that will allow them to serve more injured soldiers thanks to a phone call and five anonymous donors.

Last week Jim Tignanelli, president of the Police Officers Association of Michigan, presented a specially modified wheelchair to former US Marine Corporal Ed Spence of Operation Injured Soldier,  Peter Zeliff Jr. of The Warrior House of WNY and Joe Pionessa of Christian Bow Hunters.

The Trac-Fab wheelchair is designed to assist persons with disabilities so they can participate in hunting and fishing. The $15,000 price tag makes it prohibitive for many individuals and organizations but when Spence gave Trac-Fab’s Ed Humpert a call, he reached out to Tignanelli who found five anonymous donors, all of whom are military vets themselves, to pay for the chair that is now in Orleans County.

“It’s going to continue, we will keep looking for the next place to give one away,” Tignanelli said. “Last week I saw this 17-year-old kid at McDonald’s when we were on the way to deliver one of the chairs and he told me it restored his faith in humanity. Hearing that from a 17 year-old restored my faith in humanity.”

Tignanelli noted he is “a car guy that can take a transmission apart” but does not hunt. “It’s guys like you that drive us to do this, we love the things you are doing here with The Warrior House. It is very gratifying, we would not have a place to bring these things without guys like you.”

Zeliff owns the property on Salt Works Road that has become The Warrior House. He makes the property available for veterans, many with injuries, to go hunting. Zeliff has assembled a team of volunteers to provide the veterans with food, and also to serve as guides while they pursue geese, pheasants and deer.

The Trac-Fab wheelchair saw its first action this past weekend as The Warrior House hosted a turkey hunt. Spence said he plans to make use of the chair as often as possible and it will soon be a familiar site at The Warrior House of WNY’s weekend hunts.

“This will give us an opportunity to reach more veterans and expand our program,” Zeliff said. “There are a lot of people behind the scenes that make this possible, especially all our wives.”

For more information on The Warrior House of WNY email Zeliff at

Accident, sheared off poles close 63 for several hours

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 April 2016 at 9:00 am

SHELBY – A Winnebago that left the road on Route 63, south of the Village of Medina, took down telephone poles, forcing the shut down of the road for several hours today.

National Grid crews have been on the scene putting up at least two new telephone poles.

The accident occurred at about noon on a section of Route 63 known as Coleman’s Curve. No one was seriously injured in the accident. This photo shows the RV after it was towed to Lyon’s Collision in Medina.

National Grid works to restore power and put up new poles.